Arts reviews

Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra:We Got Rhythm, Let's Swing & Drum

About three quarters of the way through this celebration by the Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra of the percussive aspects of big band jazz, Drum Jam founder Kumi Masunaga sashayed on to the stage beating one of her collection of hand drums, and took over the show.

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 3:59pm

Reviews: Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic

Eternal Love

Rarely does one find a Chinese classical concert on the theme of love without the overplayed Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto. The four works performed at last weekend's Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra concert came from a list of some 2,000 works it commissioned and premiered.

9 Apr 2013 - 9:31am

Doctors' orchestra plays for children

HKMA Orchestra concerts have raised HK$5 million over the past 12 years

Zenith Wu works with his hands. He's an aspiring surgeon, and recently he's been trying to be as nimble on the valves of his trumpet as he is with a scalpel.

Wu, 23, is the youngest member of the Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra, which is playing for charity for children on Sunday. Although it promises to be great fun, he wants to play well, too.

27 Mar 2013 - 3:16pm

Arts reviews

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Following The Truth About Lying in 2010, playwright Wong Wing-sze and director Lee Chun-chow have teamed up again for a biting and hilarious satire on the local arts scene.

19 Mar 2013 - 10:22am

Visiting orchestra pays musical homage to Taiwan's diversity

The National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan. Photo: SCMP

Taiwan's top orchestra made its Hong Kong debut with a multi-media presentation showcasing musical styles as diverse as the island people it features.

30 Nov 2012 - 3:48am

San Francisco Symphony delivers Mahler from the top drawer

San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas' baton.

San Francisco orchestra's Fifth Symphony was expertly judged and superbly delivered.

12 Nov 2012 - 5:47am

Enchanting music from the 18th century

Mostly Baroque Hong Kong Sinfonietta July 14 City Hall Concert Hall

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Refreshing departure has hall on a string

The Singing Violin Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra April 28 Cultural Centre Concert Hall

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

Beethoven 9 - The Moment of Farewell

Edo de Waart conducts soprano Lisa Larsson, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (left), tenor Henry Choo, baritone Mark Schnaible, the Shanghai Opera House Chorus and the HK Philharmonic Orchestra performing Berlioz's La Mort de Cleopatre and Beethoven's Symphony No 9. Apr 20-21, 8pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$180-HK$680 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 2030

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Symphony of Christmas Angels

Guy Noble conducts Russian soprano Elvira Fatykhova, the HK Children's Choir, trumpet player Jon Dante and the HK Philharmonic Orchestra (above) performing works such as Handel's Let the Bright Seraphim and Gruber's Silent Night. Dec 23-24, 8pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$140-HK$380 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 2030

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A dazzling interpretation of Mahler's grandest work

Mahler: Symphony of a Thousand Taiwan Philharmonic, choruses, soloists National Concert Hall, Taipei October 10

This performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 could be ranked as the best yet in China.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Showy guest artists put the Phil in the shade

Feng Ning's Paganini Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Friday Cultural Centre Concert Hall

Excessive showmanship from guest artists hampered a crowd-pleasing programme, despite the Hong Kong orchestra's committed playing.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Youthful players' ensemble impressive

Asian Youth Orchestra Saturday City Hall Concert Hall

The Asian Youth Orchestra gathers each year 100 talented instrumentalists in their mid-teens to mid-20s, many with limited orchestral experience, and transforms them through an intensive three-week summer training camp into a slick ensemble ready for a challenging regional tour.

22 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Daniel Barenboim Decca

It's an understatement to say these young musicians from the Middle East make music, not war. This live recording from the 2007 Salzburg Festival offers some of the most intense and refined music by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Direction change hits right note

After completing a degree in natural science at Cambridge University, Hong Kong-born Choi Ho-man took the advice of his director of studies: follow your heart, go to the United States and study to become a conductor.

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am